Raider Nation can question Matt Flynn’s ability to be a starting quarterback, but we cannot question his character. Being seated behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay taught Flynn to be humble and to stay within himself. He watched as Rodgers dealt with all the negative comments about him taking over for Brett Favre. He marveled at the way Rodgers was able to remain focused on football while he let the bad stuff roll off of his chest. Flynn learned how to lead a team by watching one of the best to play the game today.
No, it didn’t go so well for Flynn in Seattle. He was expected the be the starter by the organization, and, more than likely, he expected himself to start. Instead of letting what happened in Seattle encompass his life, Flynn treats it as a huge learning experience. He admits that he was beat out by Russell Wilson, and he is thankful for the second chance he was given by the Oakland Raiders. He is taking advantage of his opportunity this time.
He has displayed poise and control at training camp. He commands the offense as he leads his team through drills. While watching practice, it is apparent who the starter is, Matt Flynn. The fact that he has been able to stay focused while dealing with the negative media is a testament to his fortitude. Even Aaron Rodgers has praised Flynn. In an interview conducted by NBC Sports, Rodgers said, “It was a tough situation in Seattle, but he’s got an opportunity in Oakland to do something great, and I’m really proud of him. He’s got incredible mental and physical toughness. He really understands the game and how to use his ability to get the ball to his teammates in good positions. He’s a gamer-type, and you’ve seen that when he’s gotten a chance to play.”
Critics say that Oakland is not the best place for Flynn to prove himself, but I say they’re all wrong. I think it’s the perfect place to prove himself. If he’s able to return to the form he displayed in 2011 against the Detroit Lions, the Raiders will be a force to be reckoned with. The Raiders are a team that desperately needs a quarterback to lead the offense down the field and score touchdowns. This is what the Raiders have been lacking in the past 10 years. Another element that has been missing is an offensive scheme built around the team. Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson has vowed to build the best offense around the players he has.
With an offense built around the strengths that Matt Flynn has, the Raiders will give themselves the chance to win. The only thing that Flynn really has to prove is his ability to lead the offense in the scheme provided to him, and his ability to help his team win the tough games. If he is able to display these qualities, Matt Flynn may be a Raider for a long time to come. One thing is for certain though, he remains cool, calm, and collected, when most others in his position would crumble.